Best Redwood - Know more about your Pergola - Questions and Answers

Redwood Pergola

Q: What is the point of having a pergola?

A: A pergola serves as a beautiful outdoor structure that provides shade and enhances the aesthetics of your space. It creates a designated area for relaxation and entertainment, adding value to your property.

Q: Why is pergola so expensive?

A: Pergolas may seem expensive, but their value lies in the quality materials and craftsmanship used to create each piece. We believe in providing a product that will stand the test of time and bring beauty and functionality to your outdoor space.

Q: Does a pergola need to be anchored?

A: Yes, a pergola needs to be properly anchored for stability and safety.

Q: Should pergola posts be set in concrete?

A: To ensure the stability and longevity of your pergola, we highly recommend setting the posts in concrete. This will provide a solid foundation and prevent any shifting or sagging over time.

Q: How much wind can a pergola withstand?

A: Typically a wooden pergola is designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 50 to 70 miles per hour, ensuring its durability even in harsh weather conditions.

Q: Can you secure a pergola on grass?

A:  Yes, a pergola can be secured on grass by using ground anchors or stakes to provide stability.

Q: What is the most durable wood for a pergola?

A: According to industry experts, Redwood is often considered the most durable wood for a pergola. It has natural resistance to rot and insects, making it a popular choice.

Q: How long does a redwood pergola last?

A: Redwood pergolas have a long lifespan, typically lasting for several decades due to their natural resistance to decay and insects.

Q: How do I protect my redwood pergola?

A: To protect your redwood pergola, it is recommended to apply a weather-resistant sealant to the wood. This will help prevent moisture damage and extend the lifespan of the pergola. Finishes formulated for wood surfaces that contain UV protection and a mildewcide offer the most protection for your redwood projects. Wood stains are generally available in clear, semi-transparent, and solid color options. Clear stains will allow the natural color and grain of the redwood to show through.

Q: Is redwood wood waterproof?

A: Redwood wood is naturally resistant to water, but it is not completely waterproof. It has a high level of tannins and natural oils that help repel moisture, but prolonged exposure to water can still cause it to decay over time.

Q: Does redwood fade in the sun?

A: Redwood is known for its resistance to fading in the sun due to its natural oils and tannins. But, eventually, it does fade gradually due to the UV rays of the sun and natural conditions of the outdoors. 

Q: How do you maintain a redwood pergola?

A: To maintain a redwood pergola, we recommend regular cleaning and sealing. Use a mild detergent and water to gently clean the surface, and then apply a high-quality sealant to protect the wood from weather damage. 

We recommended you take a few minutes every year or so, to clean by either hosing down and/or brushing/dusting away accumulated debris (no soap or chemicals needed).  To keep the colors looking vibrant for years, pick up 2 sheets of sandpaper (one 80 grit and one 180 grit). Go over the spots with 80 grit for ten strokes or so and dust off. Then do the same with the fine 180 grit (redwood sands easily). For best results, sand it in the direction of the grain (same direction of the growth lines in the wood). For example, on a picnic tabletop, sand it in the lengthwise of the boards.  Finally, dust off and you’re ready to re-apply the premium outdoor wood sealant.

Have questions? Special requests or looking to create your custom redwood product? Our contact information is or you can give us a call at (619) 391-9913 or 1-800-393-4128. Our office hours are Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm PST.